Hesston Elementary families, students, and staff,
Welcome back to a new school year! Our 306 students are off to a great start. We would like to welcome our kindergarten families, new students, and previous students back to the building. Join me in welcoming many new staff members to the building, as well: Ms. Jane Moody is the new counselor. Mrs. Tammy Gunden is welcomed to Team 1. Mrs. Amanda Abrahams and Miss Kelsey Stucky are joining Team 2. Mrs. Leah Gaeddert is teaching art at the elementary and middle school. Mr. Randall Loucks will be taking over the ESOL position. Mrs. Kristen Reber is our speech pathologist, while Mr. Joe O’Hare is our district school psychologist. Mrs. Candace Vogt will be the Team One teacher assistant and Mrs. Marilyn Galliardt will be serving as a paraprofessional. We also welcome back our crossing guards, who help keep our students safe to and from school. Thank you for all of your help!
K-2 teachers hosted the Meet the Teacher Night on August 15. Students and their families felt like stars, as they walked the red carpet to meet their teachers, visit classrooms, and drop off school supplies. Many families took this opportunity to help their children feel comfortable with the upcoming year.
The annual Hesston Elementary Parent (H.El.P) Back to School Picnic was held on August 21st. It was a great opportunity for quality family time, as children enjoyed the bounce house, the alligator slide, face painting, and lots of sno-cones. The fourth graders continued the tradition of the pie eating contest with several winners being crowned. Thanks to the H.El.P organization for planning a family fun event to welcome in a new school year.
August 28 was the K-4 Parent Open House. Parents were invited to the classrooms to hear expectations, meet the classroom teacher, and ask questions about grade level expectations. Parents were reminded of the importance of reading to their child every night, as well as regularly practicing math facts.
The WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) program will continue this year. Fathers and father figures were invited to sign up at the WATCH D.O.G.S table at the Parent Open House on August 28. This program gives fathers and father-figures a chance to volunteer at their child’s school and make a positive impact in students’ lives. HES appreciates having the WATCH D.O.G.S. at our school and looks forward to another rewarding year.
Our new, safe, and secure front entrance is nearly completed. Once the new entrance is completed, the interior doors will be locked at 8:00, requiring visitors to enter through the office. This safe, secure entrance will assist in monitoring who enters the building throughout the day.
I have a few reminders to help make our school safe for all students. Please be aware the alley to the west of the building is reserved for buses only throughout the school day. It is not to serve as a dropping off or picking up point. Also, the official start time to the day is 8:00. Students who come in to their classroom after 8:00 will be marked tardy. Thanks for ensuring your child is at school on time.
Thank you for your continued support, as we start a new year. If you have questions related to Hesston Elementary, please do not hesitate to contact me at email@example.com or at 620-327-7102. It is going to be a GREAT year!
Alisa Krehbiel, HES Principal